SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is an intuitive Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solution embedded within SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD that enables you to quickly and easily simulate liquid and gas flow through and around your designs to calculate product performance and capabilities. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation gives product engineers access to powerful CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis capabilities that help enable them to speed up product innovation. Leveraging the familiar SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD environment, this extensive technology isn’t just about making sure your product works, it’s about understanding how your product will behave in the real world.

Introduction – SolidWorks Flow Simulation


Flow Simulation is fully embedded within SOLIDWORKS so there’s no translation step necessary, and no accompanying loss of geometrical fidelity. Users don’t need to create complex fluid region definitions. Design and CFD models stay in sync, reducing re-synchronization effort and the potential for errors. And since it’s integrated with SOLIDWORKS, the learning cycle is shorter too.

Flow Simulation includes Automated Boundary Meshing, which means no manual meshing time, and expertise in CFD is not required. Execution time is dramatically reduced without sacrificing accuracy.

Multivariate “What if?” The analysis makes it easy to optimize designs quickly. Technical insights provided by CFD result in better technical decisions.

Built-in Solution Convergence reduces the number of re-runs needed due to lack of convergence and eliminates CFD specialist tweaks (such as model modifications) that would’ve been needed to attain it. Short run times enable the staging of multiple variant scenarios.

Flow Simulation’s exclusive Turbulence Model means that laminar, transitional, and turbulent flow regimes are automatically determined with no need to specify flow characteristics. The ability to directly model flow regimes eliminates the need for a CFD specialist. The turbulence model also offers shorter setup times and increased model accuracy compared to traditional approaches.

Flow Simulation’s Wall Function for Boundary Layers provides accurate simulations, including near-wall boundary condition effects. This function reduces the trial and error associated with near-wall setup when utilizing traditional CFD approaches.

Flow Simulation’s Intuitive Interface reduces setup times, delivers comprehensive results analysis and best-in-class visualization capabilities.